Tj LaManna

production artist / designer / art director

action sports  •  hospitality  •  real estate  •  healthcare  •  entertainment  •  fashion


Print  –  Ads, POP, Packaging, Direct Mail, Brochures, Outdoor, Photo Retouching

Digital  –  Websites, Emails, Landing Pages, Banners, UX/UI (front end)

Brand Development  –  Concept & Design, Logos, Collateral, Media QC

Marketing  –  Campaign development and roll-out, Business & Product launches, Event and Trade Show materials

Video/Broadcast  –  Film & Video production, Sound Design, Original music composition, Radio, Voice Over

Photography  –  Lifestyle, Street, Product/Tabletop, Real Estate, Events, Image Retouching and Asset management


Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Muse, After Effects, Logic Pro, Final Cut Pro, Sketch


Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Reason, Painter, MicroSoft Office, Mail Chimp, iMovie, Garageband, Squarespace



LaManna Creative  –  Newport Beach, CA


Intercommunications [freelance]  –  Newport Beach, CA


Bates/Lee Advertising  –  Costa Mesa, CA


Foote, Cone, & Belding  –  Irvine, CA


Wunderman, Cato, Johnson  [freelance]  –  Irvine, CA


Markzware Software  –  Santa Ana, CA

GAP Inc. • Mazda • Verizon • Kawasaki • MEDL Mobile • Oakley • Hilton • Hilton Hawaii • Taco Bell National • Taco Bell Field • Conrad International Hotels • American Express • Big Island Visitor's Bureau • Hong Kong Tourism • Lovo Cigars • Ruby's Diner • Orange County Business Bank • La Coste Resort • ValleyCrest • Quiksilver • Panasonic • Francisco Breads • Allergan • TGI Fridays • Embassy Suites • DoubleTree Hotels • United Airlines • Nature's Best • HÔM Group • Blizzard Entertainment


Playboy Entertainment  –  Beverly Hills, CA


Capella Films –  Beverly Hills, CA


20th Century Fox  –  Century City, CA


Universal Pictures / Amblin / ZM Productions  –  Universal City, CA

RSA • Red Car • Propaganda Films • Limelight • Amblin Entertainiment • Universal Pictures • Disney Studios • The Post Group • Cream Cheese Productions • Paramount Pictures • CBS • Unitel • Modern Post • Fox Television • Anderson Video • Warner Bros. • A&M Records • MCA Worldwide • 525 Post • Sony Entertainment • NBC

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work history / bio


Creative Director

LaManna Creative - Newport Beach, CA

I've created a wide variety of work for many businesses and ad agencies in the OC/LA area, including: Blizzard Entertainment, GAP, Verizon, TGI Fridays, Oakley, HÔM Group, and MEDL Mobile. This work ranged from large scale to small, from production work to high-end concept & design—from print, branding, packaging, POP, emails and the web—to photography, video production, and sound design.



Art Director

O'Leary and Partners - Irvine, CA

[Freelance] - Worked on several of their accounts, in various roles & functions, from detailed production work to high-end concept & design. However, the work I did on Kawasaki was a stand-out. Most notably, the Kawasaki Contingency Brochures. Several of the cover designs became Fine Art prints.



Associate Creative Director

InterCommunications - Newport Beach, CA

[Freelance] - The work was to concept, art direct, and/or design theme books, signage, websites, and print ads to create and market luxury resorts worldwide. Standout campaign: Punta Sayulita, a bohemian resort along the Southern coast of Mexico.



Creative Director

Bates/Lee Advertising - Costa Mesa, CA

As Creative Director, I lead a small team, designed and/or oversaw the creative on various accounts—including Hilton Hawaii, Conrad International Hotels, BIVB (with an award-winning campaign), and American Express. This work included print, web, digital, direct mail, and television—for both their Southern California and Hawaii offices.



Associate Creative Director

Foote, Cone & Belding - Irvine, CA

Along with my writing partner, I oversaw the entire Taco Bell Field account for North America—and was lead hands-on creative. I was responsible for concept & design of ad campaigns, collateral, and targeted media specific to each of the Taco Bell Field markets throughout the country. The challenge being, that while every concept and design approach had to be unique to each city’s populace and identity, they still had to dovetail and leverage the national brand identity.

This included all print, POP, direct mail, outdoor, corporate, sweepstakes/game events, radio, and television—as well as managing all ancillary writers and designers, attending press-checks, photo shoots, and post/retouching work.
Awards: LateNight Outdoor-OBIE 2003, XBox Field & National Merchandising-REGGIE



Art Director

Wunderman, Cato, Johnson - Irvine, CA

[Freelance] - Main client: Taco Bell National. I was part of the initial team that took over the account after Chiat-Day. We revamped the Brand, the look, and among other things, created iconic logos for each food product. I assisted in the development and launch of the Chalupa and Nachos Bellgrande, among others. I also Art Directed many of the food shoots—several images of which are still in use today.



Creative Director

Markzware Software - Santa Ana, CA

Originally hired as an Art Director, I was promoted to Creative Director within my first year. Directing a small team, I completely revamped their Brand Identity, packaging design, and marketing campaigns. I also wrote copy, and developed their trade show elements, as well.


Assistant Director of Video Operations

Playboy Entertainment - Beverly Hills, CA

I assisted the post-production efforts for all television, cable, film and home video productions through delivery to air, or theatrical debut. Helped manage and service all editors, producers, and in-house personnel with film and audio elements, archiving, on-line sessions, off-line development, VO, and music supervision.


Post Production Supervisor / Editor - Marketing Division

Twentieth Century Fox - Century City, CA

Edited, oversaw, and/or produced the post-production efforts on various film, video, and television marketing projects for broadcast, theatrical and promotional venues to support the studio’s film and television productions, roll-out and press materials. Key efforts: off-line editing, online supervision, voice-over talent direction, music/sound design, post-production supervision, and full delivery to network.


Post Production Supervisor

ZM Productions - Universal City, CA

I supervised and/or coordinated the post-production efforts — through production, off-line, to broadcast — for both the company's own film and television projects, as well as network projects, EPK's, and film & television specials. This included video marketing materials, press-kits and documentaries for Amblin Entertainment, Paramount, Fox, and Universal films — as well as most of the Universal Studios Theme Park ride films, and promo projects.




film & television

Television Specials:

Hot Shots: The Making of an Important Movie - Fox Television

The Making of Alan Parson's Film "The Commitments" - Fox Television

Voices That Care (Gulf War Special) - Fox Television

Secrets of the "Back To The Future" Trilogy - CBS

The Honeymooners Anniversary Special - CBS

Thrills, Chills and Spiders - The Making of "Arachnophobia" - CBS

All in the Family 20th Anniversary Special - CBS

(complete list available upon request)


Studio Featurettes/Press-Kits:

Columbia/Tri-Star/Sony Pictures Presentation Reel - Sony Pictures

The Commitments - Twentieth Century Fox

Hook - Tri-Star

The Doors - Tri-Star

Home Alone - Twentieth Century Fox

Alien 3 - Twentieth Century Fox

A&E Biography: Hugh Hefner

(complete list available upon request)


Music Videos and Commercials:

Janet Jackson, Madonna, Aerosmith, Whitesnake, Teddy Grahams, Paul Mitchell, and many more.


Playboy Entertainment:

Celebrity Centerfold, Playmate Centerfold, Playmate Profile, PMOY Party, Late Night Series, Erotic Fantasy Series

(complete list available upon request)



Encino Man - ZM Productions/Universal

Hearts of Darkness - Zoetrope/ZM (also composed spec score)

Psycho IV - Showtime

Hugh Hefner: Once Upon A Time - Lynch/Frost & Playboy Entertainment

(complete list available upon request)


TJ has been in the Arts for most of his life.  His talents extend through graphic design, film production, writing, editing, sound design, fine art, photography, music, high-end concept & design, brand development, web media, and advertising. He creates original works of Art, in multiple and mixed mediums, consults, produces, and does work-for-hire.




As emerging technologies and social media evolve and co-mingle with current art forms & artists, and move into a singular multi-tiered communication arena, Tj is uniquely positioned to channel an immense scope of talent & experience on these new, and existing, forms of creative—both as an original artist and producer, as well as a “creative rockstar” for hire. Combine that with his wit, integrity, personality, and style—and you have a truly positive force of energy on each and every project with which he's involved.


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